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Christmas Tree Decorating Tips - How To Get A Luxury Look This Winter
The holiday season is right around the corner, and with it comes plenty of opportunities to get festive with your decor. We’re decking the halls, and with only a few weeks left until the big day, there’s no better time to start decorating!
Of all the wonderful ways to celebrate wintertime, putting up the Christmas tree is one of the longest-standing traditions. While the yuletide fir was made popular by Queen Victoria in the 1800s, people have been decorating with evergreen branches for far longer.
Your Christmas tree is the centrepiece of your own winter wonderland, so getting the decorating scheme just right is important. There are plenty of ways to get the symbol of all things Christmassy ready for the 25th, and in this blog, we’re giving you all our tips and tricks for creating a luxury look at home.
Choose Your Theme
First and foremost, decide on your decorating theme. It can be tempting to grab anything festive and calling it a day, but a more discerning approach makes a huge difference. Whether you're opting for a timeless look with green and red accents or a deep monochrome effect like this tree by Hill Interiors, having a select theme and sticking to it keeps the look consistent.
Once you've decided on a theme, keep in mind when deciding on your decorations. For a department store ready final product, your tree should blend in seamlessly with the rest of your Christmas interior decor.
Go Bold With Baubles
Everyone's favourite part of trimming the tree is finally getting to pop on all your favourite baubles. The most noticeable part of your tree, baubles are the cherry on top of the whole look - so getting it right is essential if you want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree.
Decide on your colour scheme beforehand, and make sure to separate all your options by shade and style before putting them on. This makes the whole process go far more smoothly, and helps you stay organised when it comes to the dreaded clear-out after New Years!
Silver baubles like the White Star Medium Bauble are ideal for creating an icy aesthetic, and pair perfectly with blue and white colour schemes. Or if you prefer a Countryside Christmas, incorporate animal elements like the Silver Etched Stag Top Bauble.
Monochrome trees are all the rage, and it's not hard to see why. These trees always look polished, and by decorating with the same colour of baubles with different designs you can still add depth.
No matter your colour scheme, we recommend sticking with one or two colours. This keeps your tree from looking too sloppy, while remaining fabulously festive. Unless you're creating a maximalist colourful look, make sure the colour of your baubles complement each other.
Our Favourite Picks
Silver Etched Stag Top Bauble
Midnight Fluted Bauble Cluster
Noel Mercury Bauble
White Star Medium Bauble
Start Off With The Right Christmas Tree
Whether you love the natural look of a real Norway Spruce or the easy set-up of an artificial option, getting the right look for your decor starts with the right tree. Traditional green is by far the most versatile choice and goes wonderfully with heaps of different colour schemes.
If you’re opting for more of a wintery look, why not go for a snowy artificial Christmas tree? These types of trees suit a more modern pastel and cool-toned decor style, and if you prefer an icy blue aesthetic, a white tree is an ideal choice.
There’s nothing worse than bringing home a spruce and finding out that it simply won’t fit, so make sure to measure your dimensions before you shop. When deciding where your tree should go, consider the foot traffic of your home and where the tree would best be displayed.
Setting Up Your Tree
The secret of how to decorate your Christmas tree like a professional is simple - the fuller the better. This is a time consuming (and not very fun) task, but the end result is more than worth it. If you have an artificial tree, separate the branches to hide any gaps.
To fill out any empty space, don't hesitate to get creative with your tree branch positioning. No matter your decorations, a full tree is essential if you really want that luxury look at home. Make sure to wear long sleeves and gloves to avoid any nicks!
Another easy way to fill any space is by decorating your tree with a garland. Winding a garland around the whole tree is an excellent way to upgrade your artificial tree, with an organic look. If you want a snowy effect, then our snow-dusted garland is a frosty decor piece you’ll love.
How To Make Your Lights Look Luxurious
There’s nothing quite like curling up under the glow of a Christmas tree, and the lighting you choose can make a huge difference to the final product. There are heaps of styles to decide between, from warm-toned yellows to icy blues. You can even tap into your inner maximalist and opt for vivid multicolours.
An easy hack for keeping your Christmas lights untangled is by repurposing an old clothes hanger. Once the festivities are over and the tree has to come down, wind your string lights around the hanger and prevent any tricky tangles.
When it comes to lights, the mantra "more is more" comes to mind. We've all heard the tip of avoiding the back of the tree when applying lights, but this hack should be avoided at all costs.
Wind your lights all the way round your tree, and not just around the circumference - every branch. This is another tip that takes some extra time, but the results are stunning.
How To Cover The Bottom Of Your Christmas Tree
One of the most frustrating parts of decorating for the holidays is finally getting your decorations looking perfect… and then having the whole look ruined by unsightly wires or frames. Of course, the presents under the tree hide anything decor-ruining, but in the meantime, it’s best to get creative with decor placement.
A tree skirt is a wonderful option for quickly covering up the bottom of your tree, but if you want to create a show-stopping display, work in extra decor. Jeff Leatham, an interior designer for the Kardashians and Oprah, fills a glass vase with his extra baubles and positions them at the base of his tree for a unique look.
You can also opt for a classic look with LED candles, which add some warmth and luxury. Or, turn the base of your tree into a feature all on its own with a Gonk for a more modern decor scheme.
How To Decorate A Christmas Tree With Sprays and Picks
Another way to decorate your Christmas tree like a professional is by using garlands, sprays and picks. As we said, the secret to a luxury tree is filling any empty gaps. While baubles do work wonders, they can't cover everything. Tinsel has been left out, in favour of more natural looking materials or ribbons.
Sprays and picks are another way to incorporate natural materials, and completely elevate the look of your tree in the process. To fill out empty space, use floral wire or bend your spray around the "trunk" of your tree and position the leafy part of the spray outwards.
Include seasonal colours like red for a pop of bold colour, and opt for frosted designs to create a true winter wonderland. Silver sprays also add a modern touch of glamour, perfect for themed trees. You can even add matching elements such as a wreath with the same leaves for a polished feel.
If you want to get the look of a professional tree, then your topper makes a huge difference. A new trend that has emerged in recent years is using picks and sprays to create additional height for your tree.
You can also cluster a collection of sprays together, including branches and florals. Then, wind them together using floral wire, with the floral centrepiece reaching out to the side. Then, attach to your tree for a burst of festive chic.
Our Favourite Picks
Red Peony Spray
Festive Pearl Decorative Spray
Silver Fern Spray